At CES this year Intel unveiled its Compute Card, a credit card-sized device that’s basically an entire PC. It’s not really as small as a credit card. But considering everything this device is capable of, we doubt anyone would mind.
How it works:
The card will house a CPU, memory, storage, and wireless connectivity (both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth). Device manufacturers can then use that card to power the computing elements in their systems, whether they’re making a TV, a speaker, or a fridge that’s a coffee table. Instead of being permanently integrated into the devices, though, the card is removable, allowing you to use the same Compute Card for a variety of compatible products.
More than its potential to cut down costs, the setup makes it possible to easily upgrade to more powerful computing hardware (e.g. a hardware manufacturer can use this to power an infinitely upgradable laptop).
|Intel® Compute Card CD1IV128MK||7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-7Y57 with Intel® vPro™ technology||4 GB DDR3||128 GB Intel® SSD||Intel® Wireless-AC 8265 (2×2 802.11ac & Bluetooth® 4.2)|
|Intel® Compute Card CD1M3128MK||7th Gen Intel® Core m3-7Y30 processor||4 GB DDR3||128 GB Intel® SSD||Intel® Wireless-AC 8265 (2×2 802.11ac & Bluetooth 4.2)|
|Intel® Compute Card CD1P64GK||Intel® Pentium® processor N4200||4 GB DDR3||64 GB eMMC||Intel® Wireless-AC 7265 (2×2 802.11ac & Bluetooth 4.2)|
|Intel® Compute Card CD1C64GK||Intel® Celeron® processor N3450||4 GB DDR3||64 GB eMMC||Intel® Wireless-AC 7265 (2×2 802.11ac & Bluetooth 4.2)|
No pricing has been announced, but the Intel Compute Card is slated to launch in August. The Compute Card is just the new era of powerful pocket PCs.